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Whitehorse is the capital of northwest Canada’s Yukon territory. To the south are the basalt cliffs of Miles Canyon, site of a former gold rush town. From the canyon, the Yukon River Loop Trail winds north past the Whitehorse Fishway fish ladder toward the S.S. Klondike, a restored sternwheeler that once plied the Yukon River. North, the Takhini Hot Pools’ mineral springs offer views of the northern lights in winter.

Canoeists paddle the Yukon River north to Lake Laberge, a popular trout-fishing spot. Downtown, the yellow 1925 Whitehorse Waterfront Trolley runs on the original White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. The Yukon Wildlife Preserve, north of the city, is home to caribou, bison and moose. On the Alaska Highway, the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre focuses on the region’s Ice Age wildlife. Nearby, the Whitehorse Nordic Centre offers cross-country ski trails. The riverside Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre displays aboriginal art. Whitehorse is also a jumping-off point for mountainous Kluane National Park and Reserve to the west.

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